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Trish - thanks so much for that info. I'll definitely be calling a couple of my local nurseries about mantis cocoons!! That's just sooo amazing. I had absolutely no idea that could be done.
As for the lady bugs. Hardly a year goes by that we don't have more than enough to share. I could go into business these? 8^) LOL Just kidding. Sort of.....
The picture below was taken of just a few (in comparison to how many we found that day yes, just a few) that fell out of the screening cap when we were replacing the screens on our screened in porch that the grasshoppers had eaten.
It's a good idea to buy American Ladybugs so we can increase the numbers again :)
We've been lucky enough to get very few in the house even when we leave the french doors open
I read to use Dawn (blue) dish soap mixed with water in a spray bottle to squirt them with. They drop like crazy once hit. We did use our shop vac to clean up the mess outside like the ones I shared a picture of above.